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Reading List 2018

I've been through the house this week and pulled out all the books I want to read over the next year, we've had some of these books for years and I've only skimmed them, others I haven't managed to get through as they weigh nearly 5kg. 

The fiction - 



None of these should take too long to read, and I'm hoping to read a few of these between now and the new year. I've already started The Miniaturist and Elizabeth Is Missing.

The non-fiction


As for many people I was first excited about linguistics, and language in general at school through the work of David Crystal. We attended a lecture at Edge Hill University a month or so ago and I treated myself to one of his books, I read it a really long time ago but thought I'd enjoy a refresh. I have read a lot of the modern art book, I just want to read through again. In a fit of pettiness I bought this with a book token I received from my FIL, he doesn't really like modern art (and I don't think he's that fond of me) so I thought it would be appropriate to use the token to buy this. As I said, petty. 


Dan bought the Paul Nash book for my birthday this year, I'd like to read it before my birthday next year! The Elisabeth Frink, I've read about the works, there's just the general background and career history to read, probably only around 50 pages. 


We bought the Pasmore book this time last year and I've only flicked through it, I haven't even opened the geology one, so they are close to the top of the list. 

The elephant


This book is huge, and exceptionally heavy. I have started reading it, but it's soooooo heavy, no wonder it took Elain Harwood so long to complete! I'm aiming for a couple of pages per day. I've already read the parts about my favourite buildings, and places I know well but I want to read it through. Unsurprisingly I'm not going to start with this one as there would be no time to read anything else!

Not the biggest reading pile by any means, but certainly one to get through before I buy anything new. 

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  1. Creating a book list might prompt me to make more time for casual reading. As you read, post about your favorites please.

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    1. That's just what I was thinking, unlike a lot of people I have plenty of time to read but don't make it a priority. I'll start a page tab at the top of the page and update there.

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  2. I could do with doing something similar but the most of the books I've got to read are fiction and I'm more into non-fiction at the moment, so have to keep buying more of it. I could of course decide to donate some of the fiction if I don't think I'm going to read it.

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    1. This is the point I reached with the fiction, either read it or donate it!

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  3. The Miniaturist film is on during the festive season-I'll check and see when. Think I may have an older David Crystal book in my stash somewhere as language is my love too. Catriona

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    1. Oh, thanks for letting me know, I probably would have missed that. The Miniaturist is my reading for this weekend so I can enjoy the tv adaptation.

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    2. BBC thank goodness as we're back to "cooncil tele" ie no Sky package.. Tuesday 26th December and Wednesday 27th at 9pm on BBC 1. Also adaptations of Little Women and the film "Gone Girl" from the book. Happy viewing. Catriona

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    3. Oooh, lovely, thank you so much.

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  4. I have a couple of David Crystal's books, which I used at college and at uni. Whilst at uni I really enjoyed Melvyn Bragg's The Adventure of English', and I've read it a couple of times since. I have barely read anything this year, book wise. Maybe I should aim to change that in 2018 as my local library has just re-opened.

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    1. Our library is still closed and I'm starting to miss it. I actually prefer the library we have to use in the meantime, but it's a bit of a trek so I don't go all that often.

      Even though I'm not really interested in etymology and that side of language, I do think Melvyn Bragg has a very engaging writing style.

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  5. We passed a building today in Sheffield that we pass regularly on our visits and we have no idea what it is for other than it might be a car park as there are no windows - anyway it is a really good example of Brutalism and my OH says each time we pass that it should be listed - maybe it is in your book!

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    1. If I had to guess, I'd say that the building is Moore St Substation. If so, your OH can be happy as it was given Grade II listing status a few years ago.

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  6. That is quite some reading list! Elizabeth is Missing and A Man Called Ove were both favourite reads of mine.

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    1. I thoroughly enjoyed "Elizabeth Is Missing", such an accurate portrayal of someone with dementia. I'm looking forward to "A Man Called Ove" too. We've had some really good books at the charity shop this year, and we're charging reasonable prices for them so I've picked up quite a few.

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